No matter how young or old, we all have stories to tell. We all have a voice. We are all writers.

During my writing workshops, I urge children and adults of all ages to write, to share their stories. I have worked with elmentary and middle school children, high school and college students, urging them to tell stories about their own families, their own lives.

I also encourage children, adults and students to never let go of their dreams. I could have given up dozens of times on both my Sammy in the Sky and August Gale books. Agents told me the Sammy book was “too real and too sad. It will never sell.”

I refused to believe them. I told my daughters “The Sammy book will be in a bookstore one day.”

Within two weeks of the book’s publication, it sold out of its first printing of 10,000 copies. Six months later, the book is in its fourth printing.

The August Gale book also had its naysayers. Some agents and editors did not believe in the story or my writing style. Yet, the biography/memoir quickly rose to one of the top ten historical books in Canada, and it is becoming hugely popular in the States as well. The most common reaction from readers about the book is “I could not put it down.” To an author, there are no better words.

Over the past five months, I have spoken at several schools, universities, colleges, libraries, book stores, community and retirement centers about my books and passion for telling stories. My workshops and talks vary depending on the specific audience’s needs.

I do charge an honorarium and expenses, depending on how much travel is involved and how much time is needed for the workshops or talks.

Requests for author talks, visits, writing workshops can be sent to Barbara Walsh:

SAMMY IN THE SKY. Illustrations copyright © 2011 by Jamie Wyeth. Reproduced by permission of the publisher, Candlewick Press, Somerville, MA.